ALF wrote:...in a few years I suspect that a 2016 Soul EV will have steeply depreciated as cars with longer range appear. Therefore, it makes more sense to lease, and, I did just that a couple of weeks ago. I leased a '16 Base Soul EV for 36 months, so I'll let you know whether or not that was a good idea in February 2019.
Well, I extended my lease for 6 months until August 2019, and I just bought the car for the buyback price of $12.7K. That seems to be a similar amount to what used 2016 Soul EVs are going for, so it is not a fantastic deal, but it does seem fair. I figured that by now, there would be a lot more choices of longer-range cars, but that is not quite true yet. I looked long and hard at a new 2019 Chevy Bolt, which has some good discounts, but couldn't pull the trigger, figuring that very soon there will be a long-range Soul EV, the Hyundai Kona EV, and the Kia Niro EV (which just came out in limited quantities and is selling at a premium). The Leaf Plus was also an option, but the price approaches that of a Model 3 Standard Range Plus.
So, bottom line, I'm going to live with my '16 Soul EV for a while. I wish it had more range, but it has served me well.